Irene Kung has photographed cities and buildings, in the process managing to capture details that are not readily apparent to the naked eye, and in the autumn of 2011 she travelled for a month in China, during which the works in this exhibition were taken, giving her a dreamy version of iconic Chinese cities and buildings. She begins with the height of modern technology: a digital camera with exceptional resolution. That yields enormous electronic files with exquisite detail, which she manipulates in software and then uses to generate photo negatives. From there, the real fun begins. Platinum palladium prints are unparalleled by any modern printing technique, both in appearance and performance. These prints are favored by art collectors due to their longevity and appearance. The tonal range of platinum palladium prints are unmatched, even by modern digital inkjet printers. The final color tonality can range from warm black, to reddish brown, with a range of grays in the midtones. For people who collect photographs, platinum/palladium prints are renowned for their beauty, archival stability, and unique, one-of-a-kind print statement.Platinum prints are the most durable of all photographic processes. And Irene’s photographs are handmade in Milan, Italy.
Platinum Landmarks Temple 27 January – 14 March 2024 23 Songzhuyuan Beijie Dongcheng District Beijing
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“Flora Imaginaria: The Flower in Contemporary Photography celebrates the beauty and biodiversity of flowers in 71 photographs by 49 internationally acclaimed artists. This spectacular bouquet of floral imagery will be on display in the Four Arts’ Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, providing a unique experience with art in the context of nature. Flowers have been a source of inspiration for photographers since the medium’s inception. Today, flower photography remains in full bloom as contemporary photographers continue the storied tradition of depicting floral motifs in novel ways. Flora Imaginaria features images shot over the last 30 years and is an ode to this historically important photographic subject. It explores the aesthetic and decorative qualities of flowers and their rich cultural history as symbols and motifs through many genres of photography, including still lifes, botanical studies, portraits, studies of the body, street photography, and surrealist collages.”